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The big news: Congress nominee elected speaker before Karnataka floor test, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: 15 were injured in a blast at an Indian restaurant in Toronto, and Opposition leaders in Tamil Nadu were detained during a statewide strike.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Congress’ Ramesh Kumar elected Karnataka Assembly Speaker ahead of trust vote: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate S Suresh Kumar withdrew his nomination for the post.
  2. Fifteen injured in explosion at Indian restaurant in Toronto, police looking for two men: An improvised explosive device was used to carry out the blast at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in the suburb of Mississauga, reports said.
  3. Kanimozhi and others detained during shutdown against police firing in Thoothukudi: Around 20,000 security personnel are reportedly deployed in sensitive areas.  
  4. After US cancels summit, North Korea says it is still open to talks: Pyongyang said it was open to resolving problems with Washington ‘at any time in any way’. 
  5. Actor Morgan Freeman apologises after sexual harassment allegations surface: Sixteen people told CNN about the actor’s inappropriate behaviour on movie sets, while promoting his films and at his production company.  
  6. Congress hints at alliance with other parties to counter BJP in Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections: The party does not want the ‘secular vote’ to be divided, said Kamal Nath.
  7. Lok Dal candidate drops out of Kairan bye-election to strengthen united Opposition front against BJP: Kanwar Hasan will support his sister-in-law Tabassum Hasan, who is contesting on a Rashtriya Lok Dal ticket.
  8. Five officials suspended for security lapses during Kasauli demolition drive: A hotel owner allegedly killed an assistant town planner on duty during the Supreme Court-mandated anti-encroachment drive on May 1.
  9. Five boys arrested for allegedly raping 11-year-old girl in Chittoor district: A mob in the town of Punganur dragged out two of the accused from their homes late on Wednesday and thrashed them.  
  10. Schoolteacher in Chandigarh arrested for allegedly sexually abusing 14-year-old boy: The boy used to go to her home for private tuition. 
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Following a mountaineer as he reaches the summit of Mount Everest

Accounts from Vikas Dimri’s second attempt reveal the immense fortitude and strength needed to summit the Everest.

Vikas Dimri made a huge attempt last year to climb the Mount Everest. Fate had other plans. Thwarted by unfavourable weather at the last minute, he came so close and yet not close enough to say he was at the top. But that did not deter him. Vikas is back on the Everest trail now, and this time he’s sharing his experiences at every leg of the journey.

The Everest journey began from the Lukla airport, known for its dicey landing conditions. It reminded him of the failed expedition, but he still moved on to Namche Bazaar - the staging point for Everest expeditions - with a positive mind. Vikas let the wisdom of the mountains guide him as he battled doubt and memories of the previous expedition. In his words, the Everest taught him that, “To conquer our personal Everest, we need to drop all our unnecessary baggage, be it physical or mental or even emotional”.

Vikas used a ‘descent for ascent’ approach to acclimatise. In this approach, mountaineers gain altitude during the day, but descend to catch some sleep. Acclimatising to such high altitudes is crucial as the lack of adequate oxygen can cause dizziness, nausea, headache and even muscle death. As Vikas prepared to scale the riskiest part of the climb - the unstable and continuously melting Khumbhu ice fall - he pondered over his journey so far.

His brother’s diagnosis of a heart condition in his youth was a wakeup call for the rather sedentary Vikas, and that is when he started focusing on his health more. For the first time in his life, he began to appreciate the power of nutrition and experimented with different diets and supplements for their health benefits. His quest for better health also motivated him to take up hiking, marathon running, squash and, eventually, a summit of the Everest.

Back in the Himalayas, after a string of sleepless nights, Vikas and his team ascended to Camp 2 (6,500m) as planned, and then descended to Base Camp for the basic luxuries - hot shower, hot lunch and essential supplements. Back up at Camp 2, the weather played spoiler again as a jet stream - a fast-flowing, narrow air current - moved right over the mountain. Wisdom from the mountains helped Vikas maintain perspective as they were required to descend 15km to Pheriche Valley. He accepted that “strength lies not merely in chasing the big dream, but also in...accepting that things could go wrong.”

At Camp 4 (8,000m), famously known as the death zone, Vikas caught a clear glimpse of the summit – his dream standing rather tall in front of him.

It was the 18th of May 2018 and Vikas finally reached the top. The top of his Everest…the top of Mount Everest!

Watch the video below to see actual moments from Vikas’ climb.

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Vikas credits his strength to dedication, exercise and a healthy diet. He credits dietary supplements for helping him sustain himself in the inhuman conditions on Mount Everest. On heights like these where the oxygen supply drops to 1/3rd the levels on the ground, the body requires 3 times the regular blood volume to pump the requisite amount of oxygen. He, thus, doesn’t embark on an expedition without double checking his supplements and uses Livogen as an aid to maintain adequate amounts of iron in his blood.

Livogen is proud to have supported Vikas Dimri on his ambitious quest and salutes his spirit. To read more about the benefits of iron, see here. To read Vikas Dimri’s account of his expedition, click here.

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